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DYING AT GRACE
dir. Allan King
Canada, 2003, 148 minutes

Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Sunday, March 14, 2010, 7:00 pm
In his seventies, King decided to face up to death – by making a film about it: "I'm getting older and I'm going to die," he said at the time. "I thought I'd better find out what it's about."  Due to the tragic explosion at the LAC last October, we were unable to present this masterpiece by the late Allan King, so we are presenting it now.  Don't miss your chance to see this extraordinary film by a man who changed the way we see life, and death.  Stunning.

"Wrenching and magnificent... Filmed over the course of one winter in the palliative care ward at Toronto's Grace Hospital, DYING AT GRACE depicts, with stark and unflinching honesty, the final days of five terminal patients. The film is a testament to their remarkable and yet ordinary courage, shown not only in their will to hang on, but also in their willingness to let go. King and his crew were granted full access not only by the patients, but also by their families and the hospital's workers. What emerges from this potentially uncomfortable concept is a film that, while occasionally difficult to watch, never feels exploitative. King's respect for his subjects - and for the hospital's dedicated staff - is absolute. The resultant trust yields moments of startling intimacy." Adam Nayman, Eye Weekly.